So almost done setting up my rebuild with the gaming 5. As mentioned earlier first thing I did when I first booted was update to f5d. inital impressions so far have been very pleasing and a nice alternative to the crosshair. compared to my crosshair hero, the gaming 5 has "worked out of the box." there are some immaturity with the bios in regards to features. unless i'm missing something, the inability to disable onboard audio or one of the secondary network cards. but right now I would rather have gigabyte focus on stability, compatibility, and performance. which appears to be their focus.
the board itself looks great and outside of those two low priority features i've mentioned, the bios has all the features I want. only thing I haven't tried yet is setting my ram to their rated speeds, but i'm going off a limb with the assumption it should work since its a single rank, 16gb, cas 14 3000mhz samsung gskill kit.
my 950 pro has been cool so far, but we shall see once I get a long bf1 session going. nevertheless, i ordered a pci-express m2 nvme adapter. regardless if I need it or not, its nice to have because I've been wanting to add in a second nvme drive.
so i set my ram to 29 multi, since 30 multi sets it to 32, 3200, and 29 sets it to 2933mhz. ryzen doesn't have a 3000mhz ratio, so i understand why. changed timing control to advance manual, set both a and b channels to 14-*(14)*-34, and dram voltage to 1.35v's and it ""appears"" to be working. we shall see lol.
memory performance at the same settings and kit is far better than on the crosshair. an extra 1GB in bandwidth in write, read, copy, and 6ns less latency in AIDA64. seems like gigabyte is doing better in the memory department. so far at least i'm pretty damn happy with the board.
after playing bf1 for about an hour, my 950 pro had a max of 60c with an average of 57c. so not to bad considering its underneath my 1080.